Diabetes is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition but many of us are unaware of the symptoms. These are the 13 signs you need to watch out for.
A number of reputable websites list a range of signs to look out for in identifying diabetes. While they agree on the majority of them some of these experts add their own particular insights to the list. But let’s not take any chances – if you believe you may be experiencing any of these symptom,particularly in combination, take it seriously.
1 – You frequently need to pop to the loo.You’ve got too much sugar in your bloodstream that your body will flush out via your urine.
2 – Your mouth is constantly dry. You just can’t drink enough to quench the thirst because the high level of sugar in your bloodstream.
3 – You’re always hungry – even after you’ve just taken advantage of the two-for-one special at the local burger place you still think you could put away another one and this comes from the highs and lows of your blood sugar.
4 – Weirdly, you’re losing weight – yes, it’s too good to be true. If you’re always hungry and you’re still losing weight, your body is breaking down protein and muscle to fuel itself because it thinks it’s starving.
5 – You are shattered. The food you’re eating is fuelling your body properly and that’s why you have this ongoing fatigue.
6 – Your vision is all blurry from the high levels of sugar in your blood.
7 – You’re not your usual self. You’re moody and grumpy because your blood sugar is out of whack. You could even mistake this for depression.
8 – You can’t concentrate because of your blood sugar has been too high for too long.
9 – Your body doesn’t repair itself so quickly anymore. Slow healing wounds are due to the high levels of sugar impairing the natural healing process.
10 – You’ve got tingling or numbness in your hands or feet which is caused by nerve damage due to too much sugar in your blood.
11 – You get frequent infections. Urinary and yeast infections are especially common because such bacteria thrive in ‘sugar-rich environments’.
12 – You’re getting headaches because your blood vessels in the brain start to spasm because they aren’t getting enough sugar.
13 – You are vomiting and have stomach pain – often mistaken for the flu, but due to rises and falls in your blood sugar.
These symptoms, especially in combination, seem like a dead giveaway – so what’s the catch here? The fact is that a large number of people with diabetes don’t realise they have it. The signs can be so subtle that people carry on with life without realising what is actually happening to their body.
Estimates from various sources put the number of oblivious diabetics out there around 25% of the number of actual diabetics.
So you’re thinking you’ve got some of these symptoms – what’s next? Get an appointment with your doctor because she’s going to want to do a simple blood test.